Wolverines Win Third Period to Beat No. 9 WMU in Game One
Justin Selman

March 15, 2013

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Site: Kalamazoo, Mich. (Lawson Ice Arena)
Event: CCHA Quarterfinals (Game 1)
Score: Michigan 4, Western Michigan 3
Records: U-M (16-18-3), WMU (19-10-8)
Next U-M Game: Saturday, March 16 -- at Western Michigan - Game 2, CCHA Quarterfinals (Kalamazoo, Mich.), 7:05 p.m.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- As its run toward its 23rd consecutive NCAA playoff appearance continued, the University of Michigan's ice hockey team scored the lone third-period goal Friday night (March 15) to edge No. 9 Western Michigan, 4-3, in the first game of the best-of-three CCHA quarterfinal series at Lawson Arena.

U-M outshot Western, 30-18, and bounced back after losing leads of 2-0 and 3-2 to hand WMU only its third home loss of the season.

Two transition goals sparked Michigan's offense in the first period, as Phil Di Giuseppe (Maple, Ontario) and Justin Selman (Upper Saddle River, N.J.) scored goals on odd-man rushes.

First, Mike Szuma (Novi, Mich.) broke up a two-on-one opportunity for WMU, and Brennan Serville (Pickering, Ontario) moved the puck quickly to Kevin Lynch (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) for a two-on-one with Di Giuseppe. Lynch passed it from the right wing to the high slot, and Di Giuseppe buried a quick wrist shot at 8:43.

Another two-on-one for WMU was thwarted when Steve Racine (Williamsville, N.Y.) made a big save, and Zach Hyman (Toronto, Ontario) took the rebound and turned a Bronco opportunity into another U-M two-on-one. Selman faked a pass and shot from the wing, making the score 2-0 with exactly two minutes left in the first stanza.

The second period featured three Bronco markers and one for the Wolverines.

Western Michigan got on the board early at 3:30 when from the high slot, Chase Balisy knocked one past Racine's right glove. Just 62 seconds later, a turnover at center ice allowed Colton Hargrove to come down the middle and let go a wrist shot from the top of the faceoff circles for an unassisted goal.

U-M regained the lead at 7:13, when Jacob Trouba (Rochester, Mich.) skated into the offensive zone, faked a slap shot and used the Bronco defenseman as a screen to beat WMU goalie Frank Slobowski clean past his glove hand.

Western responded a little more than three minutes later when Mike Cichy tipped in a point shot to knot the game at 3-all.

After a scoreless first eight minutes of the third, WMU was whistled for slashing at 8:11, and U-M converted. After A.J. Treais (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) received the puck at the point, he changed positions with Trouba, who unleashed a slap shot from just inside the right point to beat Slubowski at 9:15. It was Trouba's second of the night and 12th marker of the season.

Michigan was forced to hold on after Lynch went off for elbowing at 13:44. Racine made a few big saves but received help from the post when Shane Bersbach hit the right pipe one minute into the power play.

The two teams play again on Saturday (March 16) at 7:05 p.m.

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